Hebrews 11:3 (CSB) By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was
Genesis 1:6-13 (CSB) Then God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters, separating water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above the expanse. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” Evening came and then morning: the second day.
Then God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land “earth,” and the gathering of the water he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.” And it was so. The earth produced vegetation: seed-bearing plants according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Evening came and then morning: the third day.
Acts 17:24-28 (ESV) The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for
“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your own poets have said,
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
24-25 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.
26From one man he has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live.
God does this not because of our comfort, liking, investments, or the safety so that we could carry out the commission from Christ Jesus
27He did this so that they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
28For in him we live and move and have our being, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring.’ Since, then, we are God’s offspring, we shouldn’t think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination.
Psalms 72:19 (CSB) Blessed be his glorious name forever; the whole earth is filled with his glory. Amen and amen.
Habakkuk 2:14 (CSB) For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD’s glory, as the water covers the sea.
Idolatry is our feeble attempt to control God.
Why are we to "go, and raise disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything Christ commands us to do?" (Matthew 28:19-20)
Why are we to "go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." (Mark 16:15)?
Why are we to be His "witnesses" in our city, our nation, and all over the world? (Acts 1:8)
Acts 17:30-31 (CSB) Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has set a day when he is going to judge the world in righteousness by the man he has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
Now, I have said it once, I will say it a hundred times: the commands of the Lord are easier said than done.
When you preach, share, proclaim the gospel--when you share your testimony and the power of God--you are going to get three responses
Acts 17:32-34 (CSB) When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some began to ridicule him...
... but others said, “We’d like to hear from you again about this.”
So Paul left their presence. However, some people joined him and believed, including Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
Our forever home was never about the dirt underneath our feet, the roof over our heads, or even the family we do or don't have, it was always the presence of the Almighty God.
God is sending every single person who trusts and obeys His Son Jesus Christ to invite and bring in others who are far, far from him.
Go and tell them that there is a God who made you, who loves you, who is not far from you, who is inviting you change your mind about your life, to trust in Him, and come on home to him forever.
In his presence, there is only life, there is only fullness of joy and there is only pleasures forevermore
Psalms 16:11 (ESV)
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalms 17:15 (ESV)
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.
There is nothing else ever--not your life, being married, sex, success, power, wealth, kids--nothing at all will give you complete satisfaction and pleasures forevermore.
Once God opens our eyes, renews our minds, and exchanges our hearts, we worship like the sons of Korah once sang:
Psalms 84:10 (CSB) Better a day in your courts
than a thousand anywhere else.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
than live in the tents of wicked people.